UMass Boston

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Updated Jul 22, 2014

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    Excellent and fantastic work-environment

    Systems Analyst (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsVery encouraging co-workers and gorgeous office location around the bay

    ConsLow pay and decentralized IT

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave an integrated IT environment

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Data Entry

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork in the summer slows down.

    ConsThe job becomes monotonous and overwhelming.

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    good place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosnice professor, good school, good food court

    ConsNone, has to work hard and pay a lot attention

    Advice to Senior Managementwork hard

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    UMass provides wonderful opportunities.

    Graduate Assistant (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsThe University offers flexible hours and a decent pay scale for its graduate assistants. The culture of the campus gets better every year.

    ConsThe parking situation is tough. The University is also currently undergoing massive construction projects, so the campus is a bit of a mess. Looking forward to when the construction is done!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Some pro's but many more con's if you are a highly qualified academic and tries to fit in the low quality environment.

    Lecturer (Former Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsStill a part of "academic community"

    ConsReally low pay, typical of adjunct positions -- we do better job teaching and research than the tenured faculty who never does research and are horrible teachers, and yet paid 1/10th as much with no job security. The quality and standard of people is rather low, to be expected of a bottom tier university. People pretend they are on par with normal universities in the area such as BU BC Tufts etc. and this shows up as innate insecurity amongst some faculty members. For instance, incompetent department chair *actively* obstructs better qualified candidate in hiring decisions. Very short-sighted and doesn't care about the people or the overall quality, with a toxic guise of "professorial niceness"

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you can find elsewhere, find elsewhere.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Quick to hire, Slooooooow to fire

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsJob security, OK pay, great work/life balance. My boss is fantastic and supportive.

    ConsUMB has a lot of problems. Staff are incredibly protected by the PSU (union partnered with the MTA) which means that employees are able to slack off, do minimum amounts of work and not be worried that they will be fired. I have overheard co-workers state, numerous times, "I'm passed my probation period. PSU covers me, management can't do anything to me." Those are the types of people you will be working along side here at UMB.

    I work with a lot of incompetent under-performers, but nobody seems to care or wants to enforce the employee review process. My understanding is that there isn't actually a standardized or enforced employee review process so nobody does it. Employees are not held accountable for their actions, many have have their own hidden agendas and it makes for a very poor working environment.

    At least 10 times a week I find myself seriously wondering how some of the people around me still have jobs.

    There is little to no room to grow - you need to leave your current position (sometimes entire college) in order to obtain more responsibility at a higher pay grade.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart reviewing employees! Document bad behavior and mistakes - don't let bad employees stay in the system. UMB is a commuter college - perhaps start giving commuter benefits (discounted MBTA passes) to employees?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Very good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood place to work and encouraging atmosphere

    ConsI did not find any cons at this place.

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    working in higher education will not make you wealthy

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTuition reimbursement, holidays, events, benefits, vision, dental, pension plan

    Conssalary is poor, traffic and parking are poor

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Research Assistant

    Research Associate (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsCollaborative and diverse working environment with lots of exciting growth in the near future.

    ConsIt is a state school and so the politics that comes with that can be frustrating.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Graduate Assistant

    Graduate Assistant (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsVery generous package. I am very satisfied with the job

    ConsNot really any cons. I am very satisfied with the job

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